The SDOH Academy


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Founded by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership in 2016, the Social Determinants of Health Academy is a HRSA-funded virtual training series designed to help staff from health centers, Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCN), and Primary Care Associations (PCA) develop, implement, and sustain SDOH interventions in their clinics and communities.  The SDOH Academy features curricula that coalesce a variety of approaches and resources to bear under one umbrella to support health centers in addressing SDOH in their communities, and is jointly coordinated by multiple organizations with HRSA National Cooperative Agreements (NCA). Contact Ellen Lawton at with questions.

2018-2019 Learning Collaboratives

Now in its third year, The SDOH Academy launched four Learning Collaboratives (LC) for smaller cohorts of HRSA-funded health centers, Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCN), and Primary Care Associations (PCA). The learning collaboratives focus on shared learning aimed at transforming care to better meet the socioeconomic circumstances and non-clinical needs of special and vulnerable populations through closer examinations of rural care, workforce, Medicaid policies, and cross sector partnerships, respectively. Each LC consists of four virtual meetings held by faculty from a variety of organizations with National Cooperative Agreements from HRSA. Participants were selected through an open application process in October 2018. Information about each learning collaborative, its faculty, and the training dates can be found here.

2016 – 2018 Trainings

In 2016, 39 HRSA-funded health centers and 19 PCAs participated in virtual trainings as part of The SDOH Academy pilot. Data from the pilot was used to inform the topics and structure of The SDOH Academy 2.0, which ran from January 2018 through June 2018. Trainings during the second year covered everything from SDOH data collection to developing cross-sector partnerships and sustaining SDOH interventions. These virtual trainings were attended by 1,190 staff from HRSA-funded  health centers, HCCNs, and PCAs across the country. Recordings of those trainings are available here for people who participated in those trainings and to members of the new 2018-2019 Learning Collaboratives. They require a password to view. Questions? Contact Ellen Lawton at


An Advisory Committee guides content development for The SDOH Academy and acts as a bridge across all participating NCAs. Ten additional NCAs serve as contributing faculty members.

Advisory Committee: Corporation for Supportive HousingHealth Outreach PartnersNational Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (lead agency) • National Health Care for the Homeless Council

Contributing Faculty: Association of Asian Pacific Community Health OrganizationsAssociation of Clinicians for the UnderservedCapital LinkHarvard Equitable Care for EldersMigrant Clinicians NetworkNational Association of Community Health CentersNational Center for Health and Public HousingNational LGBT Health Education CenterNational Nurse-Led Care ConsortiumSchool Based Health Alliance